PCOM South Georgia students packaged kits containing contraceptives and educational fact sheets to be given to community partners and local physicians.
In an effort to help prevent sexually transmitted diseases in the Southwest Georgia region, student clubs at PCOM South Georgia joined together to package safe sex kits for a project deemed the South Georgia Sexual Health Initiative.
Morgan Fuller (DO ‘21), a PCOM Georgia student, and Matthew Powell (DO ‘23), a PCOM South Georgia student, led the educational project with the assistance of a Condom Connect grant from the National Coalition of STD Directors that supplied the contraceptives. After completing rotations at Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program, Fuller said she realized the need to destigmatize sexual health by creating a public health project.
“Our goal is to increase access to contraception and provide evidence-based information to our community members regarding preventing sexually transmitted diseases and the importance of regular testing,” Fuller said. “As future healthcare professionals, it is our duty to create a judgment-free space for these discussions to occur. Sexual health is a multi-factorial issue and the holistic approach of our osteopathic training allows us to personalize a treatment plan for our patients’ physical, mental and spiritual health.”
Students from the Master of Biomedical Sciences and the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine programs packaged the kits which include contraceptives and educational fact sheets. They will be provided to community partners including Serenity House and physicians in the area.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) extended its commitment to the Southeast by establishing PCOM South Georgia, an additional teaching location in Moultrie, Georgia. PCOM South Georgia offers both a full, four-year medical program leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree and a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences degree. PCOM is a private, not-for-profit institution which trains professionals in the health and behavioral sciences fields. Joining PCOM Georgia in Suwanee in helping to meet the healthcare needs of the state, PCOM South Georgia focuses on educating physicians for the South Georgia region. The medical campus, which welcomed its inaugural class of medical students in August 2019, has received accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. For more information, visit pcom.edu/southgeorgia or call 229-668-3110.
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